Climbing Center

The WSU Climbing Center is one of the largest university climbing walls in the Midwest and features a belay ledge and traditional climbing anchor practice wall.

Located in Wabasha Hall, the Climbing Center is open to the entire community for drop-in climbing sessions and climbing clinic events.

WSU students have access to the Climbing Center at no cost. Community members will need to purchase day passes or a membership to climb.  

The Climbing Wall is closed for the summer, and we’ll reopen on Aug. 21 for the fall semester. Current memberships are frozen to ensure no loss in membership privileges.

Check our Facebook or Instagram page for most up-to-date Climbing Center Hours.

Square Feet

of climbing surface

Top Ropes

for plenty of climbers at a time

Bouldering Walls

each up to 14ft tall

Participation Waiver

Before participating in any climbing activities, you must complete a Climbing Wall Participant Agreement at the time of check in. 

All participants under 14 years of age are required to have a parent or guardian present to use the climbing facility. 

Membership & Day Passes

Community members can purchase day passes and memberships at the OERC front desk. 

All climbing wall sales are subject to MN state tax of 7.375%.

A student holds a belay rope as another student climbs the wall.
Day Passes

Adult day passes are $10 or $15 with equipment rental.

Youth day passes (3-13 years) are $6.

Individual Membership

An individual membership starts at $50 per month.

Bulk packages start at $130 and range to annual memberships at $380.

Family Memberships

Family memberships are also available starting at $75 for children and $200 for adults.

Make a Reservation
Drop-in climbing is available, but you can be sure to secure a spot by making a reservation. 

This is an optional step groups with less than 8 climbers.  

A reservation is required for groups of 8 or more climbers to ensure we have enough staff present and can properly manage risks during climbing sessions.

A female student smiles as descends the climbing wall.
Contact the Climbing Center
Outdoor Education & Recreation Center
Wabasha Recreation Center LL117


351 Lafayette Street

Email the OERC
Mike Henderson
Outdoor Education and Recreation Center Associate Director


  • S. Recreation
  • AIARE Course Leader
  • AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide
  • Wilderness EMT

Mike loves to travel anywhere that makes him nervous and his favorite outdoor activities are skiing and ice climbing—ideally both in the same route.